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May
15
Mon
2017
Sport and Diplomacy: Past Reflections and Looking Towards 2020 @ Brunei Gallery Lecture Theatre, SOAS University of London
May 15 @ 5:30 pm
Sport and Diplomacy: Past Reflections and Looking Towards 2020 @ Brunei Gallery Lecture Theatre, SOAS University of London | England | United Kingdom

Japan is due to host two sporting ‘mega-events’ in the next few years: The Rugby World Cup 2019 and The Summer Olympics, Tokyo 2020.

The build up to these events provides an opportunity to reflect on the past, present and future role of sport as an opportunity for diplomacy. This symposium, organised by the Japan Foundation London, the Japan Sport Council London and SOAS Japan Research Centre, focuses on mega-sporting events as a public diplomatic platform, and how they create legacies for the global community.

Keynote Speakers
Tetsuya Kimura ( Director-General, Japan Sports Agency)
Richard Caborn (former Minister of Sport 2001-7)
Dr Helen Macnaughtan (Chair, SOAS Japan Research Centre)
Dr J Simon Rofe (SOAS University of London)

Organisers: Japan Foundation London, Japan Sport Council London and SOAS Japan Research Centre

The event is also supported by JSPS London and is followed by a reception sponsored by Sake Samurai.

Booking:

The event is free and open to the public but registration is essential to guarantee a place.

For further details and to view the event programme please visit the SOAS website: https://www.soas.ac.uk/jrc/events/15may2017-sport-and-diplomacy-past-reflections-and-looking-toward-2020.html

Image: Courtesy of the Japan Sport Council

Jun
23
Fri
2017
Guitar Music from the Time of Jane Austen (1775-1817) @ Daiwa Anglo-Japanese Foundation
Jun 23 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Guitar Music from the Time of Jane Austen (1775-1817) @ Daiwa Anglo-Japanese Foundation | United Kingdom

We welcome back the lute and baroque guitarist Taro Takeuchi to the Daiwa Anglo-Japanese Foundation. Together with mezzo-soprano Sophia Brumfitt, he will perform some of the finest pieces from the time of Jane Austen. The concert will include pieces by Mozart, Handel, Haydn and others.

About the contributors:
1. Taro Takeuchi was born in Kyoto, Japan. After completing his degrees in law and music in Tokyo, he studied early music at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama.He has made numerous recordings for Deux-Elles, EMI, Hyperion Records, Harmonia Mundi, the BBC and others. His solo recordings ‘Folias!, The Century That Shaped the Guitar’ and’ Affectuoso: Virtuoso Guitar Music from the 18th Century’ were received with critical acclaim and high praise.

2. Sophia Brumfitt started singing in the South Wilts Girls Grammar School A Capella Choir where she first discovered her love of Early Choral Church Music. She continued her studies at Dartington College of Arts, Lancaster University, ENO and The Royal College of Music. Since then her studies have continued under Mary King, Nigel Rogers, Emma Kirkby, Eric Mentzel, Gabriel Garrido and now continues with Jessica Cash.

Sep
20
Wed
2017
KOHH @ The Garage
Sep 20 all-day
KOHH @ The Garage | England | United Kingdom

Kohh’s music, his growing influence and presence on the global scene, and his dexterity within his artform has led to being called a pioneer and a figurehead for Japanese hip hop. But, as he says, “I’m only a Japanese artist because I was born in Japan. It doesn’t really matter to me which nationality I am. I’m human before anything.” Does he see himself as a figurehead? “To me, I think that’s interesting,” he responds succinctly, if not enigmatically. Back in 2014, Kohh was the subject of a short documentary, in which he expressed the desire to change how hip hop is consumed, appreciated and seen in Japan. In those two years, his outlook has altered as he focuses on his own work. “To be honest,” he says, “the image of Japanese hip hop, respect or how people see me – none of that matters. And because of that, I don’t really know what has changed in Japanese hip hop. But it seems that freestyling has become quite a thing recently.”

The Bardos, however, like many hip hop aficionados and critics, believe that he’s essential to Japanese culture in general, not just to hip hop. “He wrecks all the underlying codes and rules; it shakes people, wakes them up and it’s necessary,” they say. “Japan is the biggest paradox, so tidy outside but something is definitely happening deep down, it’s something to face and accept. Kohh does exactly that not because he tries too hard, or even wants to change anything, just because he is what he is and there’s nothing anyone can do about it.”

Sep
24
Sun
2017
JAPAN MATSURI 2017 @ Trafalgar Square
Sep 24 @ 10:00 am – 8:00 pm

Japan Matsuri London 2017London’s very own and much loved festival of Japanese culture – Japan Matsuri – returns this year on Sunday 24th September to Trafalgar Square, one of the capital’s most famous landmarks. Now in its 9th year and a regular fixture in the London calendar, this energetic annual event brings people together to enjoy an amazing day of Japanese food, music, dance and so much more. It’s a firm family favourite attracting large numbers of children and young people. And it’s absolutely free!

Japan Matsuri is a charity and organized by volunteers from the Japan Association in the UK, the Japanese Chamber of Commerce and Industry in the UK, the Japan Society and the Nippon Club. Additionally it receives support from the Embassy of Japan in the UK and the Japan Foundation and is also supported by the Mayor of London and Westminster City Council.

http://www.japanmatsuri.com

Oct
20
Fri
2017
Japanese Sandscapes: The Tale of Mt Fuji @ The Shaft (Brunel Museum)
Oct 20 @ 7:00 pm – Oct 21 @ 10:00 pm
Japanese Sandscapes: The Tale of Mt Fuji @ The Shaft (Brunel Museum) | England | United Kingdom
  • Experience a night of experimental Japanese music, sand-art, Japanese cuisine & sake at London’s newest venue, The Shaft!

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Event supported by The Daiwa Anglo-Japanese Foundation & Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation

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Venue: The Shaft (Brunel Museum
Railway Avenue, Rotherhithe
London, SE16 4LF)

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Nearest Station: Rotherhithe

Tickets: £10/£5 concessions

8pm, Friday 20th October 2017
(7pm food & drinks)
Tickets: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/japanese-sandscapes-the-tale-of-mt-fuji-7pm-friday-performance-tickets-37889104331

*Reasonably priced Japanese food and drinks (specialty sake, beer and soft drinks) served 1 hour before and after the start of both performances*

DonDonburi (Gyudon & Yasaidon) https://www.facebook.com/dondonburistreet/

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Creative Participants

Verity Lane (Composer/Soundscapist)
Akifumi Kasanuki (Live sand art performance)
Kaho Aso (traditional Japanese dance/shinobue/nohkan/kotsuzumi)
Beibei Wang (percussion)
Alison Blunt (Violin)
Veryan Weston (Piano)
Tomoko Komura (storytelling)
*Detailed information below*

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Food

DonDonburi
“We are a street food stall that sell Gyudon and Yasaidon (vegan version), a popular Japanese dish of thinly sliced beef, cooked in a sauce served on a bed of rice. We also do a vegan version, we call Yasaidon, which is our own creation. We substitute the beef for fried tofu, mushrooms and daikon radish, which is then cooked in a vegetarian Dashi (stock).”

https://www.facebook.com/dondonburistreet/

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After her debut experimental multi-media project Yugenism: Animated Soundscapes of the Japanese Sublime sold out across London, soundscapist and composer Verity Lane is back with an exciting new project entitled Japanese Sandscapes: The Story of Mt. Fuji. With an international debut performance by up-and-coming Japanese sand artist Akifumi Kasanuki, this collaborative project aims to create elements of the Japanese sublime in the form of audio-visual installations that depict the famous Japanese story of The Bamboo Cutter.

To compliment Kasanuki’s live sand art display, traditional Japanese instrumentalist Kaho Aso will be bringing Lane’s music to life, with audio experiences scored for the kotsuzumi drum and Japanese flute and dance.

Medley for Yugenism: Animated Soundscapes of the Japanese Sublime

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Detailed Artist Biographies

Verity Lane/ Soundscapist and Project Leader

Verity Lane Born in Tottenham and spending the last 10 years in Japan, soundscapist, audio artist and producer Verity Lane specialises in creating highly visual soundscapes for traditional Japanese instruments.

Her recent music project Yugenism: Animated Soundscapes of the Japanese Sublime (supported by Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation) saw her launch herself within London’s experimental music scene, selling out venues across London. BBC broadcaster and journalist Kevin Le Gendre described the event as “strikingly original” (Jazzwise Magazine, 27th February 2017)

https://www.facebook.com/veritycomposer/

Kaho Aso/ Kotsuzumi (drum), Japanese Flute & Dance (Buyo)

Kaho Aso is a traditional Japanese dancer, multi-instrumentalist and actor from Tokyo, Japan. She completed a PHD at the prestigious Tokyo University of the Arts where she focused on traditional Japanese instruments. As well as performing internationally, she has appeared in a variety of Japanese advert campaigns, TV programmes and films, as well as the Hollywood film Blue Eye Samurai. She was appointed as a Japan Cultural Envoy by the Agency of Cultural Affairs, and currently resides in London.
www.youtube.com/watch?v=t0NuvfojMGA
http://aso.kaho.jp/ (Japanese)

Akifumi Kasanuki/ Sand Art
A graduate of Japan’s renowned Tama Art University where he specialised in Japanese art, Akifumi Kasanuki is now a fast emerging figure within Japan’s sand art scene. Resident sand-artist at Kawakuchiko Music Forrest, Kasanuki has developed his craft, and exhibits his work regularly at various exhibitions around Japan, including the Teshikaga Art Festival and Fuji’s Carne exhibition. Living and working in close proximity to Mt. Fuji has given Kasanuki a profound appreciation of this iconic mountain, which is reflected heavily in his work. This will be Kasanuki’s first performance outside of Japan, and promises to be a rare insight into the many aspects of Mt. Fuji not to be missed. www.youtube.com/watch?v=pBaHs1zMJPY

Beibei Wang/Percussion
Beibei Wang is an international breakthrough artist from China, focusing her talents on the field of percussion. She has attended various prestigious music schools in both China and the UK, including Central Conservatory of Music and Royal Academy of music. Her performance approach is uniquely expressive and engaging, blending both theatrical sensibilities with dramatic elements. Wang is a highly versatile musician, and enjoys working in various genres including classical, contemporary, jazz, rock and Chinese traditional music. She enjoys challenging perceptions, performing works that include non-conventional instruments such as fire and water. She has also worked with highly praised composers such as Tan Dun (composer of the soundtrack to Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, (2000)).
http://www.beibeimusic.com/

Veryan Weston/Piano
Veryan Weston is an internationally acclaimed pianist, composer, arranger and improviser from Cornwall, England. He completed a degree in performance art at Middlesex University, followed by a master’s degree in composition at Goldsmith’s College, London. His unique style blends elements of modern composition with contemporary improvisation, as demonstrated in his collaborative works with renowned artists such as Phil Minton, Trevor Watts, Luc Ex, Hannah Marshall and John Edwards. He received a fellowship from the Digswell Arts Trust in Hertfordshire, where he co-founded and composed for the group Stinky Winkles (‘Young jazz Musicians of 1979’, by Greater London Arts Association). Other notable achievements include performing music on Derek Jarman’s Caravaggio alongside Lol Coxhill in 1986.

http://veryanweston.weebly.com/

Alison Blunt/Violin
Alison Blunt was born in Mombasa (Kenya), grew up in Nairobi, and subsequently the Lake District. Since undertaking classical violin training at prestigious music colleges including Birmingham Conservatoire and the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, Blunt has been creating and performing new works utilising or consisting of improvisation. She has performed throughout Europe, Scandinavia, US, Brazil, Australia and New Zealand with a wide array of artists including Evan Parker, Mark Sanders, BARREL, Barcode Quartet and Berlin Improvisers Orchestra as well as performing as a soloist. Amongst broader performance and research activities, Blunt was a member of collective ASITIS, ‘Experiments in Spontaneous Performance’ and Apocryphal Theatre. A writer of articles and voice on radio and podcasts, she is also a highly experienced workshop leader exploring music-making with people of all ages and abilities. Blunt refuses to be pigeon-holed.

https://www.alisonblunt.com/

Tomoko Komura/Storytelling
Tomoko Komura is a London-based performer, actor and instrumentalist from Japan. She completed an MA at London International School of Performing Arts, and performs regularly around the UK as a member of Japanese band No Cars and the Frank Chickens.

Yoshie Omata/ Assistant Project Manager
Born in Yamanashi, Japan, Yoshie Omata studied piano performance at Tokyo’s Kunitachi College of Music. She then completed an MA in Arts Administration & Cultural Policy at Goldsmiths, University of London. She has worked at several international music agencies and production companies in London, as well as taking on the accompanist role at the long-running multi-media project Sand Art & Live Music, Kawaguchiko Music Forest, Japan. She is the resident designer for the London-based community project Tottenham Soundscapes; her unique poster designs incorporate an element of hand-drawn calligraphy, bringing a traditional Japanese flavour to her work.

Oct
21
Sat
2017
Japanese Sandscapes:The Tale of Mt Fuji @ The Shaft, Brunel Gallery
Oct 21 @ 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Japanese Sandscapes:The Tale of Mt Fuji @ The Shaft, Brunel Gallery | England | United Kingdom

♪Experience a night of experimental Japanese music, sand art, authentic Japanese cuisine and specialty Sake at London’s newest venue, The Shaft!♪

3pm, Saturday 21st October 2017
Reasonably priced Japanese food and drinks (specialty sake, beer and soft drinks) served from 2pm ~!

After her debut experimental multi-media project Yugenism: Animated Soundscapes of the Japanese Sublime sold out across London, soundscapist and composer Verity Lane is back with an exciting new project entitled Japanese Sandscapes: The Story of Mt. Fuji.
With an international debut performance by up-and-coming Japanese sand artist Akifumi Kasanuki, this collaborative project aims to create elements of the Japanese sublime in the form of audio-visual installations that depict the famous Japanese story of The Bamboo Cutter. To compliment Kasanuki’s live sand art display, acclaimed Japanese instrumentalist Kaho Aso will be bringing Lane’s music to life, with audio experiences scored for the kotsuzumi drum, Japanese flute and dance.

Event supported by The Daiwa Anglo-Japanese Foundation & Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation

What to Expect
You will be presented with four new works that explore the story of Japan’s iconic mountain, with narratives told in both sand and sound. To compliment Kasanuki’s live sand art display, traditional Japanese instrumentalist Kaho Aso will be bringing Lane’s music to life, with audio experiences scored for the kotsuzumi drum and Japanese flute, as well as avant-garde piano provided by free jazz legend Veryan Weston, experimental violin by Alison Blunt and awe-inspiring performances by percussionist Beibei Wang. Expect interactive performances throughout the course of this 1 hour show between traditional Japanese dance and visuals, as well as spoken word performances and storytelling.
Medley for Yugenism: Animated Soundscapes of the Japanese Sublime

Creative Participants
Verity Lane (Composer/Soundscapist)
Akifumi Kasanuki (Live sand art performance)
Kaho Aso (traditional Japanese dance/shinobue/nohkan/kotsuzumi)
Beibei Wang (percussion)
Alison Blunt (Violin)
Veryan Weston (Piano)
Tomoko Komura (storytelling)
*Detailed information below*
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Food

DonDonburi
“We are a street food stall that sell Gyudon and Yasaidon (vegan version), a popular Japanese dish of thinly sliced beef, cooked in a sauce served on a bed of rice. We also do a vegan version, we call Yasaidon, which is our own creation. We substitute the beef for fried tofu, mushrooms and daikon radish, which is then cooked in a vegetarian Dashi (stock).”
https://www.facebook.com/dondonburistreet/
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Verity Lane/ Sound Artists and Project Leader
Verity Lane Born in Tottenham and spending the last 10 years in Japan, soundscapist, audio artist and producer Verity Lane specialises in creating highly visual soundscapes for traditional Japanese instruments.

Her recent music project Yugenism: Animated Soundscapes of the Japanese Sublime (supported by Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation) saw her launch herself within London’s experimental music scene, selling out venues across London. Music journalist Kevin Le Gendre described the event as “strikingly original” (Jazzwise Magazine, 27th February 2017)

https://www.facebook.com/veritycomposer/

Kaho Aso/ Kotsuzumi (drum), Japanese Flute & Dance (Buyo)
Kaho Aso is a traditional Japanese dancer, multi-instrumentalist and actor from Tokyo, Japan. She completed a PHD at the prestigious Tokyo University of the Arts where she focused on traditional Japanese instruments. As well as performing internationally, she has appeared in a variety of Japanese advert campaigns, TV programmes and films, as well as the Hollywood film Blue Eye Samurai. She was appointed as a Japan Cultural Envoy by the Agency of Cultural Affairs, and currently resides in London.
www.youtube.com/watch?v=t0NuvfojMGA
http://aso.kaho.jp/ (Japanese)

Akifumi Kasanuki/ Sand Art
A graduate of Japan’s renowned Tama Art University where he specialised in Japanese art, Akifumi Kasanuki is now a fast emerging figure within Japan’s sand art scene. Resident sand-artist at Kawakuchiko Music Forrest, Kasanuki has developed his craft, and exhibits his work regularly at various exhibitions around Japan, including the Teshikaga Art Festival and Fuji’s Carne exhibition. Living and working in close proximity to Mt. Fuji has given Kasanuki a profound appreciation of this iconic mountain, which is reflected heavily in his work. This will be Kasanuki’s first performance outside of Japan, and promises to be a rare insight into the many aspects of Mt. Fuji not to be missed. www.youtube.com/watch?v=pBaHs1zMJPY

Beibei Wang/Percussion
Beibei Wang is an international breakthrough artist from China, focusing her talents on the field of percussion. She has attended various prestigious music schools in both China and the UK, including Central Conservatory of Music and Royal Academy of music. Her performance approach is uniquely expressive and engaging, blending both theatrical sensibilities with dramatic elements. Wang is a highly versatile musician, and enjoys working in various genres including classical, contemporary, jazz, rock and Chinese traditional music. She enjoys challenging perceptions, performing works that include non-conventional instruments such as fire and water. She has also worked with highly praised composers such as Tan Dun (composer of the soundtrack to Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, (2000)).
http://www.beibeimusic.com/

Veryan Weston/Piano
Veryan Weston is an internationally acclaimed pianist, composer, arranger and improviser from Cornwall, England. He completed a degree in performance art at Middlesex University, followed by a master’s degree in composition at Goldsmith’s College, London. His unique style blends elements of modern composition with contemporary improvisation, as demonstrated in his collaborative works with renowned artists such as Phil Minton, Trevor Watts, Luc Ex, Hannah Marshall and John Edwards. He received a fellowship from the Digswell Arts Trust in Hertfordshire, where he co-founded and composed for the group Stinky Winkles (‘Young jazz Musicians of 1979’, by Greater London Arts Association). Other notable achievements include performing music on Derek Jarman’s Caravaggio alongside Lol Coxhill in 1986.
http://veryanweston.weebly.com/

Alison Blunt/Violin
Alison Blunt was born in Mombasa (Kenya), grew up in Nairobi, and subsequently the Lake District. Since undertaking classical violin training at prestigious music colleges including Birmingham Conservatoire and the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, Blunt has been creating and performing new works utilising or consisting of improvisation. She has performed throughout Europe, Scandinavia, US, Brazil, Australia and New Zealand with a wide array of artists including Evan Parker, Mark Sanders, BARREL, Barcode Quartet and Berlin Improvisers Orchestra as well as performing as a soloist. Amongst broader performance and research activities, Blunt was a member of collective ASITIS, ‘Experiments in Spontaneous Performance’ and Apocryphal Theatre. A writer of articles and voice on radio and podcasts, she is also a highly experienced workshop leader exploring music-making with people of all ages and abilities. Blunt refuses to be pigeon-holed.
https://www.alisonblunt.com

Tomoko Komura/Storytelling
Tomoko Komura is a London-based performer, actor and instrumentalist from Japan. She completed an MA at London International School of Performing Arts, and performs regularly around the UK as a member of Japanese band No Cars and the Frank Chickens.

Yoshie Omata/ Assistant Project Manager
Born in Yamanashi, Japan, Yoshie Omata studied piano performance at Tokyo’s Kunitachi College of Music. She then completed an MA in Arts Administration & Cultural Policy at Goldsmiths, University of London. She has worked at several international music agencies and production companies in London, as well as taking on the accompanist role at the long-running multi-media project Sand Art & Live Music, Kawaguchiko Music Forest, Japan. She is the resident designer for the London-based community project Tottenham Soundscapes; her unique poster designs incorporate an element of hand-drawn calligraphy, bringing a traditional Japanese flavour to her work.

Oct
22
Sun
2017
Takeshi Kakehashi – piano Wolfgang David – violin @ The Hall, The Henrietta Barnett School,
Oct 22 @ 7:30 pm – 9:45 pm
Takeshi Kakehashi - piano Wolfgang David - violin @ The Hall, The Henrietta Barnett School,  | England | United Kingdom

Japanese pianist Takeshi Kakehashi, who has been blind since birth, making a welcome return after their superb performance a few seasons ago with Austrian violinist Wolfgang David

PROGRAMME
Schubert – Fantasy in C D934
Brahms – Sonata No.3 in D minor op.108
Beethoven – Sonata No 10 in G Op.96
Takeshi Kakehashi, Piano

1977年生まれ。小児癌により生後1ヵ月で失明、4才半よりピアノを始める。小学校卒業と同時にウイーン国立音大準備科入学。94年盲人弱視者国際音楽コンクール(チェコ)、エトリンゲン青少年国際ピアノコンクール(独)最年少優勝。95年ストラヴィンスキー青少年国際コンクール(米)2位。97年村松賞。98年ロン=ティボー国際コンクール(仏)2位。99年都民文化栄誉章、出光音楽賞、点字毎日文化賞。2000年ショパン国際コンクール(波)ワルシャワ市長賞。 これまでにプラハ響、フランス国立管、バルカン室内管弦楽団、N響、読売日響、新日本フィル、仙台フィルなどのオーケストラと、また小澤征爾、フルネ、スダーン、小林研一郎、アルブレヒト他多くの指揮者と共演。TV朝日「徹子の部屋」、NHK「芸術劇場」「N響アワー」等出演。15年7月、オーチャードホールで“「徹子の部屋」クラシック2015”に出演。佐々木弥栄子、高岡慶子、阿部美果子、E.D=ヴァイスハール各氏に師事。
2013年以降毎年、ヴァイオリンのヴォルフガング・ダヴィッドとのデュオ・コンサートを開催。
CD 「ピアノ・リサイタル2013」、「W.ダヴィッド&梯 剛之デュオ・リサイタル2015」 は「レコード芸術」誌特選盤、「ピアノ・リサイタル2014」、「ピアノ・リサイタル2016」 、「W.ダヴィッド&梯 剛之デュオ・リサイタルVol.III」は同誌準特選盤に選ばれた。

Nov
18
Sat
2017
Experience Japan Exhibition 2017 @ Royal Society London
Nov 18 all-day
Experience Japan Exhibition 2017 @ Royal Society London | England | United Kingdom

The Experience Japan Exhibition aims to introduce the growing range of study and research opportunities available in Japan.

This year, 14 of Japan’s leading universities will be attending to provide information on degree programmes taught entirely in English, as well as on the research opportunities, summer courses and other options open to international students. There will also be a chance to find out about the variety of scholarships and research funding available to enable you to take advantage of these learning opportunities.

The seminar line-up offers participants the chance to learn about the basics of life in Japan and hear directly from people with experience of studying and researching there. Guest speakers will also be delivering presentations that provide insights into Japanese language and popular culture, and there will be a special seminar on the ever-popular Japan Exchange and Teaching (JET) Programme.

So come along and find your way to Japan – the experience of a lifetime awaits!

Online registration is recommended but not required. Pre-register via the link below to receive a special gift on the day of the exhibition.
http://www.experience-japan.jp/registration/

Those who pre-register can also enter a prize draw for the chance to win a London-Tokyo return flight ticket courtesy of Japan Airlines.

Nov
30
Thu
2017
Martha High With Osaka Monaurail @ Under The Bridge
Nov 30 @ 7:00 pm
Martha High With Osaka Monaurail @ Under The Bridge | England | United Kingdom

James Brown’s Original Soul Sister meets Japan’s Heaviest Funk Crew.

Martha High is the ‘Hardest Working Woman in Show Business’ and was a part of the James Brown Soul Revue for over 30 years. Martha launched her solo career in 1979 on Salsoul Records and has subsequently released five more solo albums including a memorable collaboration with Speedometer in 2012. Martha has also been a part of the Maceo Parker band for 16 years.

The new Martha High album ‘Tribute to my Soul Sisters’ which pays homage to Lyn Collins and Marva Whitney who, along with Martha, were The JB’s ‘Funky Divas‘. The album weas recorded in collaboration with the hottest funk group in the Japanese Archipelago – Osaka Monaurail.

Osaka Monaurail are led by Ryo Nakata who have taken inspiration from the music of James Brown to create their own unique sound since their formation in 1992.

Osaka Monaurail take us back to the origins of the funk of the 60s and 70s: a flawless rhythm section, unrestrained brass riffs, tailor-made costumes, choreography set to the millimetre and kilos of sweat left on the dance floor.

Jun
6
Wed
2018
Sumire Kuribayashi & Friends @ Hoxton Hall
Jun 6 @ 7:00 pm – 9:45 pm
Sumire Kuribayashi & Friends @ Hoxton Hall | England | United Kingdom

Yokohama Calling presents the debut UK performance by sensational Japanese pianist Sumire Kuribayashi and bass legend Hideaki Kanazawa. This performance features a collaboration with two of the UK’s finest jazz musicians, Jason Yarde (saxophones) and Mark Mondesir (drums).

Info:

Dates: 6 June 2018
Times: Doors open 7pm. Programme starts at 7:45pm.
Location: Hoxton Hall, 130 Hoxton Street, London, N1 6SH
Tickets: https://www.hoxtonhall.co.uk/event/sumire-kuribayashi-friends-yokohama-calling/
Phone: (020) 768-4006
Twitter: @YokohamaCalling

Event Info

Together, Hideaki and Sumire present NIJUSO (duet), for a set of tunes that are intimate and explorative, tender and compelling, carrying the listener on new journeys through familiar landscapes. Jason Yarde and Mark Mondesir will expand the colour palette and dynamics adding saxophones and drums in duo, trio and quartet formats. The programme will feature compositions by all four musicians. This will be the first concert ever performed by these four musicians together. Expect contrast, supreme musicianship, surprise and a lot of heart.

The show is presented by Yokohama Calling, a London based producer creating unique cross-cultural collaborations which promote cultural understanding through the universal power of music. Yokohama Calling is a not-for-profit organisation.

Sumire Kuribayashi is the ascending star on the Japanese jazz scene. She is in great demand as a pianist. Sumire is a composer and bandleader and has released four albums under her own name and has contributed to many more.

Hideaki Kanazawa is a giant of the Japanese jazz scene and has worked with many of the most famous artists from Japan and beyond, including Sadao Watanabe, Terumasa Hino, Hank Jones, Duke Jordan and many many more.

Jason yarde is a composer, band leader, arranger, producer and saxophonist. As a player he has worked with Sam Rivers, Hermeto Pascoal, McCoy Tyner, Manu Dibango, Roy Ayers and Andrew Hill. Jason has composed a great deal of music for film, TV and dance and has arranged for the Kronos Quartet, Manu Dibango and Hugh Masekela in collaboration with both Jazz Jamaica All Stars and with the London Symphony Orchestra.

Mark Mondesir is one of the most in-demand drummers internationally and has worked across many music genres with artists as diverse as Counrtney Pine, Julian Joseph, John Mclaughlin, Jeff Beck, McCoy Tyner, Wynton and Branford Marsalis, Bryan Ferry, David Sylvian, John Scofield, Mike Stern, Joe Zawinul and Jethro Tull.